Lewis Hamilton says he 'just never gave up' after falling to the back of the grid on the opening lap of the Mexico Grand Prix, recovering to ninth and securing his fourth Drivers' title.
'You get knocked down, you get back up'
Lewis lined up third on the grid at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez but dropped down the order with a puncture on the first lap after contact with title rival Sebastian Vettel.
The Brit was forced to limp back to the pits for fresh rubber, before quickly catching the field and gradually working his way up the order, rising to ninth by the chequered flag. With Vettel finishing fourth, Lewis had done enough to take the Championship.
"Of course, I was surprised to be hit. I left a lot of room. But, I don't really care and I don't feel like analysing it, I've enjoyed racing against Sebastian.
"It doesn't even matter what happened (in the race). 'Still I Rise' was on the top of my mind. You get knocked down and you get back up and you keep pushing as hard as you can," he explained.
"I was 40 seconds behind. It didn't feel great - but I just never gave up, I just kept pushing. I knew that I couldn't win the race, clearly, but I thought 'you know what, I'm going to have the best race I can possibly have from wherever I am'.
"It took forever to catch one guy (Sainz) and then it was so hard to get past - but I enjoyed every battle. I tried to use all my skill. I didn't give up. I think I was balanced with my aggression.
'We should all dream big'
Lewis found himself reflecting on his journey to potentially becoming a four-time World Champion on the run to the decisive Mexico GP weekend.
"The guys back at Brackley and Brixworth, when you go there and see all these great creative minds working day and night, and then see this beautiful piece of art coming together in December and January, and I'm one of two people that get to go out and test drive it... it's the greatest feeling in the world," he admitted.
"The last week, I've just been reminiscing a lot about where I came from. Growing up in Stevenage, dreaming of one day being in Formula One, and where I am now is way beyond my imagination.
"I think dream big is definitely something we should all do - but to be four-time World Champion... four definitely feels a lot better than three. It's crazy to think that I'm continuing to stamp the Hamilton name in the history books."